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whimbrel

[hwim-bruh l, wim-] /ˈʰwɪm brəl, ˈwɪm-/
noun
1.
a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; whim (perhaps imitative) + intrusive -b- + -rel
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Examples from the web for whimbrel
  • The whimbrel has grayish wing linings, while the curlew's are cinnamon-colored.
  • The whimbrel also has a shorter bill and lacks the cinnamon coloration on the underside of its wings.
British Dictionary definitions for whimbrel

whimbrel

/ˈwɪmbrəl/
noun
1.
a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head
Word Origin
C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry
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